Journal of Computer Security


29, 6 issues

Latest issue

29:6 online 29 October 2021

Next issue

30:1 scheduled for January 2022

Back volumes

From volume 1, 1992

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Aims & Scope

The Journal of Computer Security presents research and development results of lasting significance in the theory, design, implementation, analysis, and application of secure computer systems. It also provides a forum for ideas about the meaning and implications of security and privacy, particularly those with important consequences for the technical community.

The journal provides an opportunity to publish articles of greater depth and length than is possible in the proceedings of various existing conferences, while addressing an audience of researchers in computer security who can be assumed to have a more specialized background than the readership of other archival publications. The journal welcomes contributions on all aspects of computer security: confidentiality, integrity, and assurance of service - that is, protection against unauthorized disclosure or modification of sensitive information, or denial of service. Of interest is a precise understanding of security policies through modelling, as well as the design and analysis of mechanisms for enforcing them, and the architectural principles of software and hardware systems implementing them.

Editorial Board


Dr. Véronique Cortier
Loria - CNRS
Inria, University of Lorraine

F54506 Vandoeuvre lès Nancy, France

Dr. Peng Liu
College of Information Sciences and Technology
Pennsylvania State University

330 Westgate, University Park
PA 16802, USA

Founding Editors

Prof. Sushil Jajodia
Center for Secure Information Systems
George Mason University


Dr. Jonathan Millen
MITRE Cooperation

Associate Editors

Gilles Barthe
IMDEA Software Inst.

Carlo Blundo
University of Salerno

Kevin Butler
University of Florida

Sabrina De Capitani di Vimercati
Univ. degli Studi di Milano

Mauro Conti
University of Padova

Riccardo Focardi
Univ. Ca’ Foscari di Venezia

Simon Foley
Univ. College Cork

Daniel Gruss
Graz University

Limin Jia

Ralf Kuesters
University of Stuttgart

Ninghui Li
Purdue Univ.

Jingqiang Lin
University of Science and Technology of China

Javier Lopez
Univ. of Malaga

Matteo Maffei
TU Wien

Catuscia Palamidessi
Palaiseau, France

Roberto Di Pietro

Bart Preneel
Univ. of Leuven

Kui Ren
Zhejiang University

Pierangela Samarati
Università degli Studi di Milano

Peter Schwabe
Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy

R. Sekar
Stony Brook Univ.

Jaideep Vaidya
Rutgers Univ.

Haining Wang
University of Delaware

Ting Wang
Pennsylvania State University

Author Guidelines


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Authors are requested to submit their manuscript electronically to the journal’s editorial management system in the form of a PDF file.
Authors are encouraged to use the JCS LaTeX style file to follow the formatting rules explained in more detail below.

Submitted manuscripts must represent original material, and no version of the submission can be simultaneously submitted to any conference, journal, or any other publication.  The journal encourages submissions which have not been previously published.  JCS also publishes papers that are significant extensions of outstanding papers published elsewhere (see Prior Publication Policy).

The journal discourages the submission of excessively long papers (longer than 45 pages in JCS format, including figures and references, but excluding appendices), and unnecessary digressions even in shorter papers. The restrictions is to motivate authors to bring out the essence of their papers more clearly, to make it easier for the reviewers and readers. Typical expected length is around 30 pages. Material above 45 pages should be included as an appendix.

Review Process
Submitted papers are evaluated by anonymous referees for originality, relevance, and presentation.  All accepted papers receive at least three reviews.

The journal is committed to provide an editorial decision within 3 months of submission. The reviewing process may take longer for unusually long submissions.

Publication Fee
The Journal of Computer Security does not charge a publication fee.

Formatting Rules
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Submitted manuscripts must be formatted to print on either A4 or US Letter sized paper.  Regardless of the size of the paper, the text block must fit within a centered rectangle 15.1cm wide and 19.5cm tall. All content, including figures, tables, and footnotes, must fit within this text block. Text should be printed in a single column using at least an 11 point Roman font on at least 12.375 point leading. We have made available an IOS LaTeX style file that will format text according to these requirements.

Every page of the manuscript should be numbered. No reference should be made in the text to page numbers.

Symbols and labels used in plots and figures should be easily readable and interpretable when printed; they should not rely on on-screen magnification to be intelligible. Please also avoid the excessive use of italics and bold face.

Prior Publication Policy
Submissions that are extensions of one or more papers (by one or more of the authors) previously appeared elsewhere must have a major value-added extension over what appeared previously. In particular, a submission based on previous publications should have at least 25% new material. This new material should be significant new content: it cannot be simply some rewriting, trivial proofs, or performance figures that offer no new insight. Previous publications should be explicitly referenced in the submission and the added value over them explicitly discussed in the manuscript.

The authors should prepare a single PDF file collating:
- A cover letter detailing the novel added value with respect to previous publications;
- The manuscript under submission;
- Previous papers of which the manuscript being submitted is an extension.

Such PDF file should then be uploaded on Editorial Manager.


Required files
For initial submission a .pdf file of the article is sufficient. After an article has been accepted for publication an editable file of the text, such as MsWord or LateX, is required. If you are uploading a paper that has been accepted for publication or accepted pending minor revisions please upload the source files of the paper. If using LaTeX please use our LaTeX template and also send a pdf version of the LaTeX file as well as separate files of all figures (if any); see "Preparation of manuscripts" for the required file formats. LaTeX packages should be compiled into .zip or .rar files.

Colour figures
It is possible to have figures printed in colour, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author. See Preparation of Manuscripts for the required file formats.

Open Access option
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See also our website for more information about this option IOS Press Open Library.

IOS Pre-press
This journal publishes all its articles in the IOS Press Pre-Press module. By publishing articles ahead of print the latest research can be accessed much quicker. The pre-press articles are the corrected proof versions of the article and are published online shortly after the proof is created and author corrections implemented. Pre-press articles are fully citable by using the DOI number. As soon as the pre-press article is assigned to an issue, the final bibliographic information will be added. The pre-press version will then be replaced by the updated, final version.


Copyright of your article
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Quoting from other publications
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Peer Review

Journal of Computer Security is a peer-reviewed journal. All articles submitted to the journal undergo a single blind peer review process. This means that the identity of the authors is known with the reviewers but the identity of the reviewers is not communicated to the authors.

Each submitted article is pre-screened by the Editors-in-Chief to decide if it is suitable to be sent out for formal review. Reasons to reject a paper in the pre-screening process could for example be because the work does not fall within the aims and scope, the writing is of poor quality, the instructions to authors were not followed or the presented work is not novel.

Papers deemed suitable to be reviewed will be assigned a handling editor. The handling editor will then invite reviewers to comment on the work. Typically, a minimum of two reviews are required to be able make a decision on a paper.

Reviewers are asked to judge a paper on at least:

  • Relevance to the journal
  • Significance of results
  • Depth of results
  • Correctness of results
  • Clarity of presentation

Based on the received reviews the handling editor will propose to the Editors-in-Chief their recommendation:

  • Accept as is
  • Accept Pending Minor Revisions
  • Revise and Resubmit
  • Reject Outright

For articles that receive a Revise and Resubmit decision, often major revisions are required and articles may still be rejected in a second round of peer review.

Accept or reject decisions are made by the Editors-in-Chief, whose decision is final.


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